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Italian Sausage and Vegetables

 Italian Sausage and Vegetables
"This easy and complete meal-in-a-pot is both healthy and delicious," promises Ginny Stuby in Altoona, Pennsylvania. "It’s wonderful served with a slice of Italian or hot garlic bread. I found the recipe in a magazine and made just a few adjustments to suit myself. Enjoy!"
6 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 pounds sweet or hot Italian turkey sausage links
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 small zucchini, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dry bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

Directions

  • In a nonstick skillet, brown sausages over medium heat. Place in a
  • 5-qt. slow cooker. Add vegetables and seasonings. Cover and cook on
  • low for 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 165°.
  • Remove sausages and cut into 1-in. pieces; return to slow cooker.
  • Stir in bread crumbs. Serve in bowls; sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 304 calories, 13 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 71 mg cholesterol, 838 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 22 g protein.

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Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.